Fortified Health Security Releases 2019 Horizon Report on Current State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare

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Looking Ahead: 4 Healthcare Cybersecurity Predictions for 2019

Today, Fortified Health Security, a leader in cybersecurity, compliance, and managed services, dedicated to helping healthcare organizations overcome operational and regulatory challenges, released its 2019 Horizon Report.

This trend and insight report is designed to provide a better understanding of the cybersecurity landscape in healthcare and to offer expert insight into how healthcare organizations can embrace key trends to their advantage. Through proprietary insights, interviews with industry experts, and Fortified’s own leadership, the 2019 Horizon Report reveals the current state of cybersecurity in healthcare from new and existing threats to predictions for 2019.

As a provider of end-to-end security managed services designed for the healthcare industry, Fortified Health Security is in a unique position to provide focused insight into industry trends, such as security personnel shortages, connected medical device security challenges, and the journey toward HITRUST certification.

2018 Year in Review
According to data provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR), healthcare providers continue to be the most targeted and compromised organizations for major cybersecurity breaches. This year, the number of reported breaches has increased 14% compared to the same period last year. Over 9.5 million individuals have been impacted by these breaches, which is double the number of affected individuals a year ago.

Looking Ahead: Cybersecurity Outlook for 2019
The Horizon Report reviews Fortified’s predictions for 2018 and how they fared against reality, while providing a summary of lessons learned during the past year.

Some of the key predictions for 2019, found in the full report include:

  •     Single-digit increase in breaches,
  •     Increased investment in connected medical device and IoT security,
  •     Increased threat from cryptomining,
  •     Continued targeted phishing attacks.

“Investment in cybersecurity should not be evaluated on a standalone basis. Cybersecurity is a business risk and must be presented and evaluated as such,’ said Dan L. Dodson, President of Fortified Health Security. “A data breach could cost your organization $408 per record and cast a negative impression on your brand.”

Fortified Health Security’s 2019 Horizon Report can be downloaded here.

ABOUT FORTIFIED HEALTH SECURITY
Fortified Health Security is a leader in cybersecurity, compliance, and managed services, dedicated to helping healthcare organizations overcome operational and regulatory challenges. Founded in 2009, Fortified has established a heritage of excellence, compliance, and innovation. Today, Fortified works closely with organizations across the healthcare continuum to assess risks, implement safeguards to protect sensitive information, and assist with compliance with state, HIPAA and other federal regulations. Fortified was named the 2018 North American Health IoT Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan and a Top Provider of Medical Device & IoT Cybersecurity Solutions by Black Book for its impressive portfolio of healthcare cybersecurity solutions

For more information, visit fortifiedhealthsecurity.com or call (615) 600-4002.

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